Quotations of Wisdom

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Alexis de Tocqueville

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. [Q1037]

Epicurus

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. [Q808]

Epictetus

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way. [Q809]

Steven Weinberg

An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy. [Q1047]

William Gibson

I don't have to write about the future. For most people, the present is enough like the future to be pretty scary. [Q680]

Plato

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. [Q894]

Thor Heyerdahl

I also believe that when one dies, one may wake up to the reality that proves that time does not exist. [Q1533]

Stephen Hawking

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. [Q733]

Alice in Wonder Land

It was much pleasanter at home, thought poor Alice, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole — and yet — and yet — it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one! There ought to be a book written about me, that there ought! And when I grow up, I'll write one. [Q1981]

René Descartes

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable. [Q1127]

Scott Nesler

Shoot, ready, aim is not a formula for success. [Q84]

Scott Nesler

The world is not flat nor is an argument. [Q129]

Mohandas Gandhi

My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him. [Q567]

Galileo Galilei

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. [Q934]

Thor Heyerdahl

One learns more from listening than speaking.And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls. [Q1538]

Edward de Bono

Sometimes it is not enough just to be against something. Pressure groups can be powerful in bringing something to an end. But in many cases there is also a need for constructive ideas. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. page 22) [Q2000]

Italo Calvino

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space. — Invisible Cities [Q389]

Simon and Garfunkel

People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never share. And no one dared disturb the sound of silence. — The Sound of Silence [Q575]

Edward de Bono

The false dichotomies we constructed in order to operate the logic principles of contradiction have been so especially disastrous. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. page 37) [Q2007]

Gauis Verres

Ridicule is often the only weapon remaining to conscious inferiority. [Q1182]

Plutarch

The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil. [Q786]

Aristotle

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. [Q864]

Napoleon Hill

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. [Q685]

Nikola Tesla

The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes. [Q1680]

Hippocrates

Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity. [Q1036]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood. [Q423]

Virgil

Happy is he who can trace effects to their causes. [Q1579]

Nikola Tesla

The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. [Q1685]

Henry David Thoreau

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. [Q491]

Isaac Asimov

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. [Q700]

Freeman Dyson

My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models. [Q1914]

Scott Nesler

Complex problems are not guilty or innocent. [Q118]

Ed Hobbs

You've got a gift Roy... but it's not enough - you've got to develop yourself. If you rely too much on your own gift... then... you'll fail. — The Natural [Q1216]

Václav Havel

The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him. [Q1774]

David S Allen

The structure of public life seems so entirely natural to most Americans that few question the fundamental assumptions of modern corporate ideology, including the idea that media content should be driven solely by questions of popularity, that larger corporations will provide better and more efficient service than smaller corporations, that technology can solve society's problems, and that an ideological individualism that values confrontation, winning, and capitalism is prefereable to an ideological community that values discourse and understanding. — Democracy, Inc. - Introduction - Page 7 [Q237]

Epicurus

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. [Q799]

Ward Cunningham

Wiki helped define the category of social software. [Q1016]

Scott Nesler

Ignorance is the act of ignoring the collateral damage of one's belief and an apathetic attempt to seek the truth. [Q549]

Miles Davis

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas. [Q2054]

Plato

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. [Q901]

Mohandas Gandhi

A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion. [Q553]

Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. [Q2018]

Master Kan

Do not see yourself as the center of the universe wise and good and beautiful. Seek rather wisdom, goodness and beauty that you may honor them everywhere. — Kung Fu television series, 1972 [Q548]

Henry Drummond

Realizing that I may prejudice the case of my client, I must tell you that right has no meaning for me whatsoever, but truth has meaning as a direction. — Inherit the Wind [Q101]

Vincent Bugliosi

If you're honest with yourself, you're going to find out whether you truly love America, or whether your primary allegiance is to the Republican party. [Q2066]

Bruce Springsteen

I always wanted my music to influence the life you were living emotionally - with your family, your lover, your wife, and, at a certain point, with your children. [Q1615]

Anna Quindlen

Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed. [Q995]

Plato

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. [Q874]

Wendell Berry

The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly. [Q1340]

Richard P. Feynman

It's because someone knows something about it that we can't talk about physics. It's the things that nobody knows about that we can discuss. We can talk about the weather; we can talk about social problems; we can talk about psychology; we can talk about international finance... so it's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about! [Q971]

Coretta Scott King

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. [Q38]

Wendell Berry

We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? [Q1318]

David Hume

It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood. [Q1358]

Swami Vivekananda

The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free. [Q1143]

Edward de Bono

Computers will give us dangerously logical answers based on our faulty perceptions. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. Pg 44) [Q2011]

Margaret Mead

Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive. [Q1419]

Albert Camus

One may long, as I do, for a gentler flame, a respite, a pause for musing. But perhaps there is no other peace for the artist than what he finds on the heat of combat. ... Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gently stirring of life and hope. Some will say that this hope lies in a nation; others, in a man. I believe rather that it is awakened, revived, nourished by millions of solitary individuals whose deeds and works every day negate frontiers and the crudest implications of history. As a result, there shines forth fleetingly the ever threatened truth that each and every man, on the foundation of his own sufferings and joys builds for all [Q1875]

Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. [Q1292]

Albert Schweitzer

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic. [Q69]

Ibni Sina

The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes. [Q1921]

Winston Churchill

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. [Q89]

Alex Todorov

There is a certain trajectory to human evolution and whether we understand it or not it will unravel in due course over the time it takes: we cannot speed it up; we can only be manifestation of it as it happens. [Q1835]

Isaac Newton

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. [Q368]

Mohandas Gandhi

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. [Q564]

Buckminster Fuller

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. [Q128]

Alexander Fleming

When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn't plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world's first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did. [Q312]

Hippocrates

Everything in excess is opposed to nature. [Q1026]

Václav Havel

The recent period — and in particular the last six weeks of our peaceful revolution — has shown the enormous human, moral and spiritual potential, and the civic culture that slumbered in our society under the enforced mask of apathy. Whenever someone categorically claimed that we were this or that, I always objected that society is a very mysterious creature and that it is unwise to trust only the face it presents to you. I am happy that I was not mistaken. Everywhere in the world people wonder where those meek, humiliated, sceptical and seemingly cynical citizens of Czechoslovakia found the marvellous strength to shake the totalitarian yoke from their shoulders in several weeks, and in a decent and peaceful way. [Q1790]

Mario Cuomo

Poll watching politicians respond with Pavlovian sureness. The touch every button, satisfy every rabid carving with swift passage of draconian and regressive measures. They serve up a binge of new death penalty statutes as though there had suddenly been discovered proof that the death penalty can save lives. [Q1822]

Christopher Alexander

We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles: a form which we have not yet designed and a context which we cannot properly describe. [Q668]

Franz Kafka

By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. [Q303]

Ken Robinson
 

If a man speaks his mind in a forest, and no woman hears him, is he still wrong? [Q1951]

George Washington Carver

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. [Q317]

Robert Nozick

I think philosophers can do things akin to theoretical scientists, in that, having read about empirical data, they too can think of what hypotheses and theories might account for that data. So there's a continuity between philosophy and science in that way. [Q1269]

George Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. 1984 [Q1230]

Carl Sagan

We are born to delight in this world. We are taught to distinguish our preconceptions from the truth. Then new worlds are discovered as we decipher the mysteries of the cosmos. Science is a collective enterprise that embraces many cultures and spans the generations in every age and sometimes in the most unlikely places there are those who wish with a great passion to understand the world. There is noway of knowing where the next discovery will come from. What dream of the minds eye will remake the world. — Cosmos [Q1238]

Senator Paul Simon

Freedom in a community dies a little when public officials are willing to take money for votes or favors; freedom is diminished when school boards and city councils hold secret meetings, keeping out the public who elected them; freedom is eroded when law enforcement officials want to stop crime by using methods that violate freedoms given to us in our Constitution; freedom suffers a defeat when a teacher or a member of the clergy or anyone in a community is not permitted to express an unpopular opinion. And freedom is set back when any citizen does not have an equal opportunity for a job. Because the battle will always go on, there must be citizens who are willing to match each defeat with a victory. [Q1897]

Edward de Bono

Experience has shown that reason and logic can never change perception, emotions, prejudices, and beliefs. Yet we continue in the pious hope that if everyone would 'see reason' the world would be so much better. As we shall see later, there are very good reasons why logic will never affect emotions and beliefs. The only way to do this is through perception. But we have totally failed to develop an understanding of perception. (from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. Pg 40) [Q2009]

T.S. Elliot

There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him. [Q341]

Thomas Jefferson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. [Q1242]

Woodrow Wilson

There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. [Q749]

Enrico Fermi

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. [Q320]

Stephen Jay Gould

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty. [Q1807]

Plato

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. [Q904]

Václav Havel

Man is in fact nailed down — like Christ on the Cross — to a grid of paradoxes . . . he balances between the torment of not knowing his mission and the joy of carrying it out, between nothingness and meaningfulness. And like Christ, he is in fact victorious by virtue of his defeats. [Q1764]

Hypatia

Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond. [Q1236]

Pythagoras

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good. [Q923]

Scott Nesler

The fault nor the solution is with the two party system. The solution resides in the pragmatic and generous spirit of a populace armed with the tools and the media to express their point of view in a respectful and intelligent light. [Q125]

Senator Paul Simon

To understand through reason what the ultimate realities are is impossible, though we make leaps of faith frequently in our lives without understanding. ... There is truth to St. Augustine's words: "Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, let us seek not to understand so that we may believe, but believe that we may understand." [Q1694]

Dante Alighieri

You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs. [Q1518]

Saint Francis of Assisi

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. [Q1402]

Konrad Lorenz

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. [Q1432]

Jeanne DuPrau

There is so much darkness in Ember, Lina. It's not just outside, it's inside us, too. Everyone has some darkness inside. It's like a hungry creature. It wants and wants and wants with a terrible power. And the more you give it, the bigger and hungrier it gets. — The City of Ember [Q1039]

Plato

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. [Q914]

Lucretius

Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant. [Q1561]

Eric Schmidt

When the Internet publicity began, I remember being struck by how much the world was not the way we thought it was, that there was infinite variation in how people viewed the world. [Q1294]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. [Q404]

Bertrand Russell

The evils of the world are due to moral defects quite as much as to lack of intelligence. But the human race has not hitherto discovered any method of eradicating moral defects.... Intelligence, on the contrary, is easily improved by methods known to every competent educator. Therefore, until some method of teaching virtue has been discovered, progress will have to be sought by improvement of intelligence rather than of morals [Q1180]

Gordan Vidal

We live here in the United States of Amnesia. No one remembers anything before Monday morning. Everything is a blank. We have no history. [Q1274]

Barbara Deming

The injunction that we should love our neighbors as ourselves means to us equally that we should love ourselves as we love our neighbors. [Q1396]

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